Injury hit Barnsley youngsters entertain City on Saturday

Last updated : 30 September 2011 By Covsupport News Service/RD

Coventry City travel to Barnsley on Saturday to a ground where they have won four out of five of their last games. City lost there 2-1 for the first time in years last season and have put four goals past the Tykes on several occasions.

City boss Andy Thorn won't be taking a result for granted though as his very young side lack experience, but has enthusiasm and spirit in abundance.

Barnsley though have their own problems and mirror the problems that Thorn had to contend with just a few week ago with injuries. Tykes manager Keith Hill has nine players out injured and is being forced to field a very youthful side which includes three teenagers from their Academy.

Hill will  be able to call upon the services of Danny Drinkwater, who is on loan from Manchester United. He is a player that Andy Thorn tried to sign for the Sky Blues on loan earlier in the season.

Speaking to the CT Thorn said, “They [Barnsley] are in a very similar situation to us but I think there is only them and us in that situation. It’s a really good opportunity for us so it is important that we maintain our level of performance.

“I can’t go down the route of being jealous of what other teams have got. We have to do the best we can because if we all start moaning and going on about it or if I throw the towel in then we might as well all go home.

“So we will get the best out of everyone we have got and if we do that I am sure we will be all right.”

Coventry find themselves in a better position with injuries now than Barnsley and will be able to call upon the services of Gary Deegan, who scored the equaliser against Blackpool on Tuesday night, and Clive Platt, but both players are more likely to be on the bench rather than starting the game.

Thorn has to decide whether to play Cody McDonald or Roy O'Donovan alongside Jutkiewicz

A relieved Thorn said, “We have got options now!  I thought Platty was effective when he came off the bench the other night so it is a case of having players fit and fitting them in to the right system to get the best out of us.”

Striker Freddy Eastwood is not expected to be in the squad to travel to Barnsley as he is still not considered fit enough.